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Ponant L'Austral Cruise Reviews

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58 Ponant L'Austral Cruise Reviews


JulieDCanter avatar

JulieDCanter

1 Review Written

5 Helpful Votes

Beyond Wondrous in the age of Covid 19

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We planned the trip of a lifetime to Antarctica on Ponant, impressed with reviews, the small size of the ship and everything French about it. We had no idea that the trip would be memorable in more ways than one. We ...
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Sail Date February 2020


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SteamboatWillie118

11 Reviews Written

68 Helpful Votes

Brazil to Africa

First of all, on our many cruises we've never had such a warm and fuzzy crew, we felt like part of an extended family, and it was genuine. The crew actually bids to come back to the same ship because they like being ...
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Sail Date March 2019


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Esther P.

6 Reviews Written

10 Helpful Votes

Darwin to Darwin; Darwin to Bali

I did back-to back cruises on L'Austral with the first being 10 days in Australia's Kimberly. It was excellent in every way -- itinerary, activities, cabin, food, and especially the expedition team. They worked ...
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Sail Date April 2018


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SuzeG

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

AMAZING ANTARCTICA

My background being Hospitality, Housekeeping, PR and Compliance I felt the crew, Officers and the Captain acted in a very respectful and lovely manner along with creating a great atmosphere. • The ship was a ...
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Sail Date February 2019


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Markrossboulter

1 Review Written

All the sights inc a blue whale

The cruise was amazing. These ships are superb and so smoothly do what they are designed for. Inc getting every out into the zodiacs often. The sights in Antarctica are stunning and the wildlife. Well humpbacks ...
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Sail Date February 2019


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kerrianno

1 Review Written

8 Helpful Votes

Solo cruise in Antarctica

I chose Ponant based on the dates available, as well as a lower single supplement than I saw on other cruises that I researched. Ponant alsoninvluded the flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia which was a bonus. I ...
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Sail Date February 2019


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Akasapo

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Antarctic expedition

We chose this cruise because of the small ship size (220 passeners), the fact that it was spending 6 full days at the white continent and that it would be sending us ashore on zodiac rafts. We were very impressed ...
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Sail Date January 2019


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Cruising Kangaroo

1 Review Written

5 Helpful Votes

Antartica and the Austral Loop on Ponant L'Austral

We chose Ponant for our Antactic cruise because of their high reputation for expedition cruises and general high quality reputation for food, service etc. our cruise was excellent in almost every way. The quality ...
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Sail Date December 2018


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sayerbob

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Great Anniversary Cruise

This cruise visited Wallis and Futuna which I could not get with another cruise line. Since this was also a 30 anniversary cruise lots of specials were in store, such as reception in Wallis; native entertainment on ...
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Sail Date September 2018


Betleys avatar

Betleys

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Great cruise.

We wanted to visit the Kimberley region from the sea and experience rock art and geographic features. We were not particularly interested in the birdlife but found it fascinating nevertheless. The hotels before ...
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Sail Date August 2018


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Replay

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Fantastic scenery Kimberly Coast.

This was our 3 cruise with Ponant, The staff were very friendly and helpful, especially when we had to get on and off the zodiac boats as my husband not long ago has a knee replacement but was still able to go and ...
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Sail Date August 2018


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spw1947

2 Reviews Written

1 Helpful Vote

An amazing experience

We chose the cruise because while we have travelled to many other parts of the world we really need to see more of our own land. We combined the cruise with self drive land content before and after and were ...
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Sail Date August 2018


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Ceres Mark

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Magnificent

We booked this cruise 18 months earlier and we are so glad we did. To begin with, the Kimberley area is stunning! The scenery, the wildlife and the indigenous rock art is all wonderfully beautiful. We saw an ...
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Sail Date July 2018


Alexcat avatar

Alexcat

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Great food, service and itinerary with an all inclusive fare. Exceptional

I have been on this ship once before to Macquarie Island and the New Zealand subantartic islands. This ship takes you to places where the others don’t go. Unbelievable experiences and excellent on board, with ...
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Sail Date March 2018


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dthiebaud

2 Reviews Written

4 Helpful Votes

Extraordinary Expedition Cruise across the Spice Islands

We had been previously on a cruise across this Indonesian region last year that was disappointing with Silversea Expedition. This year Ponant cruise was exceptional, thanks to the outstanding expedition team lead by ...
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Sail Date March 2018


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BpfromSAust

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Subantarctic island

These islands are possibly the least visited and unspoilt islands in the world with unique flora and fauna. They cruise visits these island positioned halfway between Australia and New Zealand and Antarctica. In the ...
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Sail Date January 2018


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Cindy's mum

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

The Kimberley in the wet season! Wow, just wow!

We chose this cruise for its luxurious small ship experience. The ship was all the better for the French influence on the food and wine which were superb. The ship was fabulous with wonderful caring staff from ...
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Sail Date March 2018


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nholford

1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

Outstanding sub-antarctic island experience

The highlight was the Zodiac cruises to places very rarely visited. More people climb Everest each year than visit the islands we saw. We were privileged to get close to literally thousands of birds and seals (many ...
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Sail Date January 2018


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From the land down under

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

Cruising with Ponant

We chose this cruise on L'Austral as the pre and post cruise land tours gave us the opportunity to visit both the amazing Angkor Wat in Cambodia and Bagan in Myanmar. Both of these tours were fantastic and we saw ...
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Sail Date October 2017


Daniele avatar

Daniele

1 Review Written

5 Helpful Votes

Off the beaten path of Indonesia!

I chose this cruise because of the "no single supplement". Ponant is the only luxury cruise with this option and I really think it is a good marketing option for the company. More and more you have a lot of women ...
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Sail Date September 2017


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parischris

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

Iconic Kimberley

For me, Ponant is the perfect mix of intinerary, price and comfort. It is not for everyone - this was my third Ponant cruise, complaints about the food are common and based on the mis-understanding that the ...
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Sail Date September 2017


Tarlie15 avatar

Tarlie15

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Kimberley cruise

We had always wanted to experience the Kimberley from the Ocean and chose Ponant as we have cruised with them before. Their service is great - pleasant cabin and excellent food and dining facilities. The ...
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Sail Date September 2017


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Judith-Ann

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

Spectacular Kimberley Scenery

I had been to the Antarctic on L'Austral so when the opportunity came to visit the Kimberley I could not pass that opportunity to again travel in 5 star luxury. The ship is quiet, the staff helpful and friendly, ...
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Sail Date September 2017


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Brissie B

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

Kimberley Experience

We visited the Kimberley region 20 years ago on a small cruise boat with less than 20 passengers and always wished to return. The Ponant Expedition Cruise with very experienced Naturalists on board to explain and ...
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Sail Date September 2017


Mike Dixon avatar

Mike Dixon

1 Review Written

7 Helpful Votes

Cruise of the Kimberleys

Fulfilled a long term ambition to visit Darwin and cruise the Kimberleys in WA. While there were quite a few issues on the vessel which were not the best, my overall rating is quite high just for the fact of my ...
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Sail Date September 2017


L'Austral Ratings

CategoryEditorMember
Cabins5.04.3
Dining4.03.9
Entertainment4.03.6
Public Rooms5.04.2
Fitness Recreation4.03.8
Family3.0N/A
Enrichment2.04.1
Service3.04.5
Value For Money4.03.8
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